The stress of finals is directly correlated to the amount of baking supplies and treats piled high around our kitchen. Between the procrastination factor and the general cathartic nature of baking, it seems to always be the answer when the stress levels rise.
I was fortunate this semester and got away with not having any real finals. All of my projects and papers were due the last week of classes instead of during the designated finals week, so I didn’t take part in any of these stress relieving baking parties. I just reaped the benefits…
First it was M&M and white chocolate chip cookies. I couldn’t take part in those, but I’m sure the stress just melted away alongside those M&M’s.
Then Hunter ate them all, as he usually does. Stomach of steel I tell ya.
The next night it was chocolate crinkle cookies. I was in bed before the baking began, but in the morning I was informed they had made them gluten free without even meaning to.
Fudgy, dense, chocolatey. Who needs the baking process; eating these was cathartic enough.
My stress relief? It’s not baking, or eating chocolate (usually). It’s being home.
I drove home Monday afternoon (getting away with just a warning for speeding by the skin of my teeth), and was greeted by that roaring fire and a huge pot of sausage and lentil stew on the stovetop. It was so great seeing two of my brothers home also, and of course my Mom and the puppy!
An entire month off from work, school, and washing dishes by hand. I already miss my friends, but I’m looking forward to plenty of adventures with my home friends and especially my brothers. We never fail to keep things interesting.
What is cathartic for you? Actually taking the photos of those cookies was cathartic, not that I was particularly stressed out.